Cornwall Chlamydia Screening Service

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Part of the National Chlamydia screening programme, the Cornwall Chlamydia Screening Service supports 15-24 year olds to access chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing and treatment.

It also provides essential outreach and education to make sure young people know how to protect themselves and their partners from infection.

All Chlamydia Screening outreach has stopped in response to COVID-19 until further notice. If you require a test, please visit Chlamydia Screening outreach can still be contacted by email if you have any queries.

How does it work?

15-24 year olds living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can access free chlamydia and gonorrhoea tests from GPs, sexual health services, young people's services and online (16+).

The service recommends young people take a test once a year, or two weeks after sexual contact with a new partner.

Outreach and promotion

The Cornwall Chlamydia Screening Service provides free outreach and testing to services across Cornwall including youth groups, colleges, sixth forms and other youth services.

The team provides a fun and interactive sessions to help young people understand:

  • What chlamydia is and how it is spread
  • How to prevent infection and reinfection
  • Why they should test, even if they don't have symptoms
  • How testing and treatment works
  • How to tell a partner you have a positive diagnosis
  • Where to get ongoing help and support with sexual health

Sessions can either be:

  • Group workshops: 1 hour sessions including a sexual health themed activity, Q&As and confidential testing. Group size: 5-20 people.
  • Stand: A manned stand offering freebies, chatting to young people as they pass by and offering free testing. Great for colleges or larger events.
  • Training: For people who work with young people which covers general info and how to signpost. Also provide kits for sites to offer testing themselves.

The service also provides free promotional powerpoints about chlamydia/gonorrhoea screening for use on plasma screens in colleges and GP waiting rooms that advertise where young people can get more information and a test.

If you are interested in outreach sessions and promotion please email Rachel Balshaw at